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Endings and Beginnings

Endings and Beginnings

The 74-foot ex-passenger ferry May Field, built in Brewer in 1875, came to grief twenty years later on the Hart Island’s ledges,

Fishing Island

Fishing Island

Matinicus in 1900 was all about fishing, as evidenced by the lobster traps piled on the wharf and the grounded-out dories loaded with herring. Fishing still prevails, but the boats sure have changed. Matinicus Island , ME Catalog Number LB2013.21.431

To the Clambake

To the Clambake

A group embarks in a couple of lapstrake peapods, aka “double enders”, from Matinicus about 1905 for a clambake on nearby Wheaton Island.

Fleet

Fleet

One possible description of this scene is that Belfast’s fancy rental fleet of rowboats and small sailboats, and their owners/skippers, await customers. Another is

Nearing the End

Nearing the End

The boom times of World War I still prevailed when the 192’ four-masted schooner Freeman was launched in the spring of 1919 from the old Cobb-Butler yard

Barbershop at Sea

Barbershop at Sea

Capt. Charles A Colcord of Searsport, master of four-masted schooner D.H. Rivers of Thomaston, is having his hair cut atop the vessel’s deckload of lumber while the first mate awaits his turn. Catalog Number LB2013.21.412

Heavy Load

Heavy Load

A scow sloop loaded with firewood sails up the St. George River where she’ll unload at one of Thomaston’s lime kilns.

Standing By

Standing By

It’s launching day at East Boothbay’s W.I. Adams yard for the 202-foot, 1,114-ton four-masted schooner Eleanor F. Bartram in 1903.

Steamer Run

Steamer Run

Launched from Rockland’s Cobb-Butler & Co. shipyard in 1906, the 80-foot steamer MAY ARCHER ran summers from Thomaston to Monhegan

Four-Master

Four-Master

Carlton, Norwood & Co. built the magnificent four-masted bark FREDERICK BILLINGS at Rockport in 1885, and Capt. Isaac W. Sherman,

Ready to Go

Ready to Go

Lime kilns and shipyards stood cheek-by-jowl along the Thomaston waterfront in 1869. The Watts Shipyard was one of the busiest

Century of Service

Century of Service

Her sails are up and drawing, but the ancient (1805) schooner Polly is going nowhere. She’s hard aground, and the tide is dropping fast

Transitions

Transitions

Waving good-bye to departing dandies, the finely dressed lady and her yachting friends mark the beginning, in 1902, of Camden’s transition from an industry-based waterfront to one of recreation.

Then and Now

Then and Now

This is what Stockton Harbor looked like in 1906, with three long new loading wharves jutting out from Cape Jellison’s western shore and fed by Bangor & Aroostoock’s rail lines.

Bringing in the Wood

Bringing in the Wood

In the 1870s and ‘80s, Rockland was all about wood, the great bulk of it brought in by water to fuel the city’s lime kilns.

Hauling Rock

Hauling Rock

Limerock quarried at Rockland was once piled in wagons and hauled by horses and donkeys up the steep slopes. Later on, steam power replaced animals. Rockland, ME Catalog Number LB2013.21.365